Today is a very special day in my family for it marks the 80t Birthday of my Auntie Sis.
I wish with all my heart that each and every one of you could have the chance to sit across from Auntie Sis and enjoy a cup of tea. I am certain that if you did, you would be enchanted by her kind voice, her sweet smile, and the sparkle in her eye.
My Auntie Sis is special, not just because she taught Kindergarten for 30 years, or because she was married to my Uncle Andy for 50 years, or because she filled my childhood with memories of trips to her house where we ate Runzas, enjoyed tea parties and played dress-up for hours on end.
No, my Auntie Sis is special for all these things, but most importantly she is special because of the testimony she is to me and countless others. The faith and joy that she has in Jesus is rare and contagious. Indeed, she is a lighthouse, that beams a ray of God and His love onto all that she does and every one she is with.
I am fortunate to have many Godly role models in my life, and Auntie Sis is one of them. I am blessed to be her niece, and I am blessed to have her sweet and enduring presence in my life.
In honor of my Auntie Sis and her 80th Birthday, I have written a poem. I will be the first to admit that I am no poet, but each year at Christmas time, Auntie Sis sends out a Christmas Poem to recap her year and tell the world of the ways that God has blessed her.
Auntie Sis, this poem is my attempt to follow suit, but my hope is to not just follow in your poetic footsteps, but most importantly, in the way that you have lived your life. Thank you for being such a shining example to me of what it means to follow Christ.
For My Auntie Sis On Her 80th Birthday
Long ago in a southern land
A child was born named Margaret Ann
Her parents with love did Miss Margaret raise
And Bubba, Jeanne, and Martie sang her their praise
But her childhood was hard and riddled with strife
As she battled with illness and the loss of Bubba’s dear life
Despite the difficulties sweet Margaret faced
Her faith in God could not be replaced
Margaret knew where her treasures were stored
And counted each one in the love of her Lord
In time Margaret grew and went off to school
With her dear sister Jeanne to BJU
As she worked and studied she found two loves quite handy
One love for teaching and one love for Andy
In June of 56’ Andy and Margaret were wed
Right next to Ron and Jeanne their vows were pledged
After a few years down south Andy took Margaret away
To the state of Nebraska, and there they would stay
In time Andy and Margaret grew to a family of four
With two loving daughters that made their hearts soar
First came Sandy from God’s faithful hand
And then along came Becky to further His plan
As a wife and a mother Margaret’s heart swelled
As a teacher of Kindergarten she greatly excelled
For 30 years Margaret devoted her heart
To helping young children get the very best start
In no time at all Margaret again was blessed
With son-in-laws and granddaughters that filled up her nest
Through thick and thin Dan and Keith have showed their devotion
And Lexi, Brooke, Tiffany, and Jessica, have grown Margaret’s love as wide as the ocean
In 2006 Andy and Margaret looked back over their years
And celebrated their Golden Anniversary with smiles and tears
Then on the saddest of days, Andy left Margaret Ann
And joined our dear Lord in the Heavenly Lands
Even in sorrow, Margaret’s praise wasn’t quenched
With joy found in Jesus and Andy’s new life, her faith didn’t budge not one single inch
And now here we are on this day of all days
To celebrate Margaret in the most special of ways
My dear Auntie Sis, I love you so much
And I hope that this poem your dear heart has touched
You are a jewel, a gem, a pearl
And I, your niece, am the luckiest of girls
For in you I find an example of strength,
A legacy of love, a monument of faith
May your day be blessed with love from the start
Happy Birthday, dear Aunt, I love you, I love you with all of my heart